Godwin Bradbeer’s work reflects an enduring inquiry into depicting the human figure. In doing so he draws upon the primitive, the classical and the contemporary aesthetics of many cultures and disciplines. Bradbeer has been exhibiting since the early 1970s, and whilst he has substantial experience as a photographer and a painter, his most definitive practice is in various modes of drawing. As such, this Melbourne based artist is an acclaimed virtuoso draftsman and the recipient of many major drawing awards in Australia including the prestigious Dobell Prize for Drawing. He creates compelling figurative imagery that seeks to establish credible descriptions of human beauty, physical ordinariness and individual and collective tragedy. In a significant respect his work also examines the viability of hand rendered imagery in an age of electronic media.
Bradbeer has exhibited widely throughout Australia, including a curated major retrospective exhibition The Metaphysical Body – A Survey which travelled between 2006-2008 around prominent regional galleries throughout Victoria and New South Wales.
Bradbeer’s works are represented in public and private collections in Australia and overseas. Since his first solo exhibition at James Makin Gallery in April 2008, Bradbeer’s work has been acquired by Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Tweed River Art Gallery, Shepparton Art Gallery, and Deakin University.
Australian National Gallery, Canberra; National Gallery of Victoria; Art Gallery of New South Wales; Art Gallery of South Australia; Parliament House, Canberra; Ballarat Fine Art Gallery; Tweed River Art Gallery; Shepparton Art Gallery; Commonwealth Artbank, Sydney; Australia Council; Australian Department of Foreign Affairs; The Archive of Humanist Art, Victoria; La Trobe University Art Library, Melbourne; Melbourne University Collection; Monash University Collection; Deakin University Collection; University of Southern Queensland; R.M.I.T. Collection; M.L.C. Collection; Philip Morris Photographic Collection; City of Moonee Valley; Deutche Bank, Sydney; Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery; Grafton Regional Gallery; Australian Paper; Australian Academy of Design, Melbourne; Lowenstein Sharp Collection, Melbourne; Julian Burnside Collection, Melbourne; John Batten Gallery, Hong Kong; Gong – ju Art Museum, Gongju, Korea; M.O.A Gallery, Heyri Art Valley, Paju, Korea; Korean Art Institute, Seoul, Korea; Sangmyung University Collection, Seoul, Korea; Kaywon School of Arts, Seoul, Korea; Broadfoot and Broadfoot Gallery, New York, U.S.A; University of Western Carolina, North Carolina, U.S.A; private collections in Australia, Asia, Europe and U.S.A.